The engine still steams freely and runs well - there's some video of it taken in the last few days here - but now needs various jobs doing, including attention to a leak on the foundation ring which drips on hydraulic test, although takes up under steam.
A 7 1/4 inch gauge Climax 0-4-4-0 to Kozo Hiraoka's excellent design, doubled up from the original 3 1/2 inch gauge engine. Rare in any size, we had a 3 1/2 inch gauge one back in 2010 and have had his Heisler design as well - all have run like the proverbial sewing machines.Bought for a railway that never happened, this locomotive was never used by its last owner - lacking a railway on which to run, it remained simply a handsome thing to look at in the workshop. Silver soldered boiler, 100psi working pressure, fitted with fusible plug, feed by twin injectors with a hand pump in the bunker. Cast iron cylinders with slide valves actuated by Walschaert's gear with pole reverser, twin mechanical lubricators. Drive is by gearbox and shafts to bogies, all eight wheels are driven.
A well made engine in good condition, it runs nicely - there's a clip here of it in the workshop earlier in the week.
|gauge||7 1/4 inch|
|wheel material||cast iron|
|CE mark||n/a - non-commercial|
|boiler construction||silver soldered|
|hydraulic test valid to||4-Aug-2019|
|steam test valid to||21-Jan-2018|
|safety valve type||pop|